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December 13, 2013 4:44 pm

BDS Activists Infuriated by Abbas Rejection of Boycotts of Israel

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A Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) protest against Israel. Photo: Wikimedia Commons. A statement by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas rejecting a boycott of Israel has infuriated Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) leaders.

“No, we do not support the boycott of Israel,” Abbas told South African reporters Dec. 9, The Star reported. “But we ask everyone to boycott the products of the settlements. Because the settlements are in our territories. It is illegal,” Abbas added.

Abbas’s comments conflict “with the Palestinian national consensus that has strongly supported BDS against Israel since 2005,” BDS movement co-founder Omar Barghouti told Electronic Intifada.

Barghouti said Abbas does not speak for the Palestinian people.

“There is no Palestinian political party, trade union, NGO network or mass organization that does not strongly support BDS,” he said. “Any Palestinian official who lacks a democratic mandate and any real public support, therefore, cannot claim to speak on behalf of the Palestinian people when it comes to deciding our strategies of resistance to Israel’s regime of occupation, colonization and apartheid.”

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  • Fritz Kohlhaas

    BDS = ignorance and stupidity.

  • Steve Marks

    The best part of these people is that they’re divided. The left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing. They couldn’t manage their way out of a paper bag… And they want a state? They’re a non people. They’re every other kind of Arab except Palestinian. #goodluckwiththat

  • sujaye

    “Palestinian national consensus”. According to who?? Who did the voting?? That big mouth liar and bully Barghouti ?? And lets not forget his anti-Semitic undertones…..just a bunch of losers that have accomplished extremely little in the last 10 years?

  • Elaine Black

    Omar Barghouti, co-founder of the BDS movement holds a masters degree in philosophy (ethics) from Tel Aviv University, where he continues to study. When interviewed regarding this degree, he commented: “my studies at Tel Aviv University are a personal matter and I have no interest in commenting.” A petition was created that drew over 184,000 signatories asking for the university to expel him, but this has not eventuated. Tel Aviv University tolerates him in a democratic society. Barghouti is a hypocrite of the first order, peddling his false claims about the only democracy in the entire Middle East.

  • Emanuel

    “There is no Palestinian political party, trade union, NGO network or mass organization that does not strongly support BDS,” Typical BDS lies, is the PA not a political party? Who is that Abbas guy? And I think all the Palestinian Arabs who work in Israel and depend on Israeli companies for bread don’t support BDS either.